"She just impacts the game so much, even if she's not hitting the ball," Astor said. "Teams have to worry about her always. You saw it late in Game 5 [against Newport Harbor]. We were up 13-12 coming out of a timeout, and their outside hitter had to really bunch in and help the pipe [back row attack], just in case we set Hayley. We were able to set Jessie Harris and get a kill, and it was a great decision by our setter in that situation.

"Much like a great wide receiver or running back in football, you have to worry about that person, even when they're not touching the ball. It's hard to count the ways volleyball-wise that she helps us. It's kind of innumerable, in that aspect."

Hodson will do whatever she can to help the Sea Kings succeed.

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When she isn't playing for her country, she's playing for her school.

"I think we've been doing well," Hodson said. "Being a young team [Pouch is the only senior starter], I think the girls have adjusted really well and we've been playing hard. There's always room to improve, but I'm pretty proud of us so far."

Hayley Hodson

Born: Sept. 8, 1996

Hometown: Pacific Palisades

Height: 6-foot-2

Sport: Volleyball

Year: Junior

Coach: Steve Astor

Favorite food: Sweet potato fries

Favorite movie: "Les Misérables"

Favorite athletic moment: Wearing the USA jersey for the first time at age 13, at the High Performance Championships.

Week in review: Hodson had a match-high 25 kills, seven in the final set, in CdM's five-set victory at Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay on Sept. 28.